“Valerie Khoo” and “V8 Supercars” are rarely found in the same sentence. So it would probably surprise most people that I attended the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 V8 Supercars event last weekend near Launceston.
Let me put this in context. My partner is a V8 Supercar NUT. He owns two V8s, is constantly admiring the sounds of their engines and, when he’s not watching AFL or golf, the television is regularly emanating the dulcet tones of those blessed cars.
So when I received that invitation to attend the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 V8 Supercars last weekend as a guest of Microsoft … put it this way … I did it for love.
Having said that, I’ll admit … it was a fascinating experience. I now know more about V8 Supercars than I ever thought possible. I even discovered a business angle and wrote about that in my Enterprise column here.
The experience also enabled me to test out my new favourite app, Vine. These are six-second videos which I’ve embedded here, which hopefully give you a sneak peek into the event.
For kids: There was a Disney fun park. Really. who knew?
Action packed: We were in the thick of it.
Learning how to … Change a tyre
Peek into: The mobile media centre
Broadcast command centre: Where it all gets edited together.
And the winner is …
Now that we’re back on the mainland, I still have the sound of those V8 engines ringing in my ears. Oh, wait. That’s actually my partner in the spare room. He’s returned with renewed enthusiasm for V8 car racing games, and is getting reacquainted with his PS3 which he has hooked up to a projector so that he can have a near virtual experience while sitting in his custom built race car. Yes its red. And apparently it does go faster.